Nova Peris OAM

Australia’s first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament and the first Aboriginal and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. A dual Olympian and the first Olympic torchbearer for the Sydney 2000 Games.

A former Senator for the Northern Territory, Nova is a passionate campaigner for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation in Australia. She has also actively campaigned on issues of mental & physical health, Racism, No Nuclear Waste Dump at Muckaty Station NT, Free the Aboriginal Flag Campaign,  Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Treaty, Djab Wurrung Save the Trees campaign and many more.

Drawing from her unique experiences in sport, government and as a leader within Australia’s Aboriginal community, Nova Peris effortlessly tailors her keynote presentations to inspire audiences from diverse ages, backgrounds and sectors. She takes the audience on a journey of her confronting family history speaking about Stolen Generations, her early childhood growing up in a housing commission with her sister and their single Mum, her memories of Cyclone Tracy and her sporting prowess in Darwin leading her to a life shunned into the Australian & International spotlight. She talks with immense pride of her three children, her trailblazing leap into Federal Politics as well as all the things she’s done post politics and what she has in store next in her incredible life!

Nova has written two autobiographies: Nova - My Story and Nova: Finding My Voice.

Nova more recently has had her portrait hung in the Australian Parliament in Canberra, started her own charity, The Nova Peris Foundation, had her 2.4 metre bronze statue unveiled in Melbourne and was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.

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